Commentary

Q. I purchased a new pedigree puppy. As soon as I got it home, it became very ill. I immediately brought it to the veterinarian, but after two days and $1,000 in expenses, the puppy died. The vet said that the dog was extremely ill the day I bought it. The seller refuses to help pay the vet bills or even give me my money back. What are my legal rights?

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In all these long years of writing, I have tried to be honest with those that follow my columns and news coverage in various media. I have taken the advice of a faithful teacher who first pointed me to this adventure of putting my words on paper. “Write what you know best,” said Erma Nowell in the classrooms of the old Clarkston High School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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Want a great garden next spring? Now is the time to start improving your soil if you want those super healthy colorful blooms next year. Just remember that when Jack threw the bean out of the window that grew the beanstalk, that the soil it grew in was probably super fertile.

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Based on the Dennis Lehane short story, “Rescue Animal,” this might as well be a companion piece to other Lehane adaptations such as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Lehane’s world isn’t pretty, and neither are his characters.

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Hamilton

By Lee Hamilton

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

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Sometimes it seems the national media thrive on promoting conflict. I am getting a little tired of redundant comments on transparency, loss of faith in local government and the right to protest.

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For nearly 20 years, the Lexus LX models have offered an optimal balance of luxury mixed with everyday usability. For 2014, the LX 570 continues this tradition. With a starting MSRP of $82,630, room for eight, and a 5.7 L V8 with 383 horsepower, the LX 570 boasts a long list of amenities fitting for a Lexus flagship model.

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Another disappointing weekend at the movies only added modest gains to a summer season that has been one of the most dismal in many years. “The November Man,” a James Bond wannabe with Pierce Brosnan, was a yawner, as was the supernatural thriller “As Above, So Below” set in the catacombs of Paris.

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